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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Week Filled of Family Time

Our Thanksgiving week was filled with lots of family time, my younger brother Andy and his family arrived early in the week from Colorado Springs, our first holiday together since '87. Our son David and daughter in law Laura arrived on Tuesday after a long travel day from Phoenix. Andy has a house in Port Aransas that he rents out when they are not using it, funny how that worked out him with a house here he plans to retire in and us buying an rv site which we plan to use some winters. My sister in law Kati has a cousin that lives on North Padre Island, we spent a day on the beach with them afterwards we visited the Texas Sealife Center where we got to view some of their rescued coastal and aquatic wildlife.
















After a long days drive last Tuesday David and Laura arrived about 9:30pm, Wednesday was spent getting their beach fix in and then a family gathering here with all of the family. Andy and family had never had the pleasure of meeting Laura, what a great evening we had and what a workout our new smoker got, filled with a brisket and numerous racks of ribs. Oysters fixed a number of ways were provided by our friends Jay & Kathy who joined us for the festivities.


David & Andy


Thanksgiving day David and I spent in the kitchen getting our contributions to dinner prepared, my sister in laws cousin Jim and wife Sherri had graciously invited all of us to here home.
Nieces Maggie & Meredith, daughter in law Laura in middle



 Lots of great food, more than enough to feed the 12 folks who were there for dinner.









Friday, the kids last day in town, we headed to Padre Island National Seashore for a turtle release, due to a recent severe cold spell about 90 juvenile green sea turtles had been rescued and were due to be released.




After the release we headed home and spent the afternoon sitting in the sun on the beach, Dave made an attempt to catch a few fish to no avail, the and I spent the time talking and watching Dave's antics.




We were sad to see all the family leave on Saturday and are thankful they all had safe travels home.

Until next time...

11 comments:

  1. I was surprised to hear you hadn't seen your brother in 28 years until I realized the last time I saw my brother before this year was in 1988 at my mother's funeral. How does this happen? Really looks like you had a wonderful time together and some mighty fine food.

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    1. Sorry if I confused you, we haven't had a holiday together since '87. We have visited back and forth over the years, he actually traveled from CO more to our house in VT than family that lived 5 hours away ever did. Sorry you haven't seen your brother in such a long time, I know there are circumstances that happen and family don't gather except for funerals or weddings.

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  2. Family is what the holidays are all about! Glad you got to spend Thanksgiving with yours.

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    1. Thanks it was great, so glad we have both found a mutual love of Port Aransas.

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    1. Thanks, had such a great time with them

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  4. How very nice to be able to spend time with family! We'll be spending some time in Padre during the Spring. Nice to see some pics there. How fun to be able to help with the turtle release. How did you find out about that? Is it only this time of year?

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    1. Don't know where you are planning on visiting we are near the north part, here is where we found about the local release on FB https://www.facebook.com/nps.pais.seaturtles?ref=ts&fref=ts they have releases when we the hatching season occurs or when the cold snaps come through. You can find an organization about the sea turtles in the area you'll be (north or south). We'll be here through March so if you're going to be around here by then let us know.

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    2. Thanks for the link. I'll look into it. I don't know exactly what area we'll be in yet. We will be spending part of Feb and most of March in TX, hopefully we'll get to meet you both.

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  5. Family time is the best time. Especially when you can enjoy in an area like Port Aransas. Certainly an area we would like to explore some day. Good looking family too. :-)

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    1. Thanks Curt, I'm sure you're enjoying spending time with your family too. Let us know when you decide to head this way, would like to catch up with and Glenda again.

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